2. MicroparcelizationDingbat apartments, with their famously vulnerable “soft story,” are at the heart of the new Los Angeles earthquake retrofitting law. Read the LA Times article for an in depth look at this city-wide issue. Continue reading
The book’s central matter, the field guide to dingbats, will change the way you see L.A. Continue reading
Almost every Angelino has a dingbat story. It might be a tale of love and loss in a sixties-era apartment complex or a joke about a friend who lived in stucco box in West L.A. with “stoner” scrawled across the facade in fancy script…. Continue reading
An interesting and enlightening read. … I felt like I was listening to the gregarious great-uncle with stories almost too good to be true, other than the fact that they really are. Continue reading
“Why should you read this book? It not only gives a new perspective on World War Two, but provides a closer look at the the jazz scene of the twentieth century as well. Schumann grasps your interest and lets you witness his beautiful, humorous and shocking experiences from up close.” Continue reading
Original, entertaining, memorable, and deftly crafted works of fiction, “Verklempt” is very highly recommended for both community and academic library Literary Fiction collections. — Midwest Book Review, May 2016 Continue reading
With our Frank Gehry buildings and iconic downtown landmarks, Angelenos know great architecture when they see it. Or at least great architecture in the sense of what’s conventionally accepted as pleasing to the eye. Few people would argue the magnificence of Union Station or the Walt Disney Concert Hall — these are the buildings tourists love to take selfies in front of and that professors nerd out over.
But what about the overlooked underdogs, the buildings that don’t make it onto lists of top architectural sites in the city? Surely they deserve some love, too. Continue reading
The book, written with Max Christian Graeff and Michaela Haas, is a spirited and colorful story about the art of humor, as well as the power of hope in circumstances where there is no hope. Even in the Auschwitz death camp music gave Schumann hope, and he gave it to others in the message of his music. Continue reading
Peter Sichrovsky presents eleven intriguing short stories that will leave the reader verklempt—or, according to the definition the author cites from the Yiddish Slang Dictionary,’choked with emotions.’ … Continue reading
The Academic Study of Dingbat Apartments You’ve Been Waiting for Is Here
March 22, 2016 Chris Nichols Architecture
Finally, an academic treatise on the dingbat apartment! Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis gathered a dream team of more than a dozen architects, critics, and photographers including Barbara Bestor, Aaron Betsky, and the late John Chase to explain the art, science, and economics of multi-unit living…. Continue reading
We spoke to editors Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein about what we can still learn from the lowly dingbat.
How did the Dingbat 2.0 competition come about? Continue reading
“… This book should be emotionally draining, but it isn’t. It is sometimes funny and sometimes sad, depending on the page one is reading. On the other hand, the description of Coco’s life after the Holocaust resonates with a telling depth that seems to turn into an unbridgeable chasm as it unfolds….” http://ow.ly/ZzK7E
Panelists, including editors Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein, architectural historian Steven Treffers, and architect Barbara Bestor discuss the many aspects of dingbat architecture and ways in which the apartment building type – synonymous with LA’s rapid post-war urban expansion – might be re-envisioned for the 21st century. Cohosted by the Society of Architectural Historians Southern California Chapter. Continue reading
Coco Schumann’s fascinating story has compelled many radio producers around the country and in Canada to feature interviews with Michaela Haas, Schumann’s coauthor, who has known him for over 20 years. Many thanks to “The Voice” in Charleston for sharing their audio file with us to share with you! Continue reading
Peter Sichrovsky and Katherine Sheers, Meet the Writers 10 – Radio | Monocle http://ow.ly/YpuFY
This is a strong collection. Each of the eleven stories that make up Verklempt demonstrates Sichrovsky’s craft. The writing has an almost reportorial quality, and the dialogue similarly feels honest while hinting at much that isn’t said. The pieces here are memorable and diverse, making Verklempt an excellent English-language introduction to the author’s fiction. Continue reading
We are pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Dingbat 2.0 in the Spring of 2016. The book is the first critical study of the most ubiquitous and mundane Los Angeles building type. Equally praised and vilified, dingbat apartments were a critical enabler of Los Angeles’ rapid post-war urban expansion. Known for their mid-century decorative facades, … Continue reading
“We feigned a normal life. We tried to forget that there was an impenetrable fence all around,” writes Coco Schumann. Michaela Haas has known Coco for over 20 years and brings her warmth and light to this wonderful feature story on The Ghetto Swinger. Continue reading
This is a serious and important book, but entertaining to read. … The clear and unfussy translation from John Howard [is] illustrated by a fascinating range of photographs. Continue reading
We are thrilled that this acclaimed journal of Jewish fiction has published Peter Sichrovsky’s short story “Onju”, which will be include in his forthcoming collection Verklempt in January 2016. Continue reading
On this happy occasion of reuniting two long lost friends, we wanted to post this interview that was shown during the exhibition “Werkbundsiedlung Vienna 1932 – A Model for New Living” curated by Eva-Maria Orosz and Andreas Nierhaus, running from Sept. 6, 2012 – Jan 13, 2013. Continue reading
During the 1936 Olympics, as Nazi Germany was preparing its image of triumphalism for the world stage, the young Jewish musical prodigy Coco Schumann heard swing music for the first time. He was hooked. Little did he know then that this music would save his life…. Continue reading
We are thrilled to announce that our author, the legendary jazz musician and memoirist Coco Schumann, has won the prestigious Ehrenpreise, a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critics Award Association. Continue reading
We are pleased to announce January 2016 as the release date for for Verklempt by internationally best-selling author Peter Sichrovsky. This small handsome volume is a collection of eleven short-stories and includes a Foreword by award-winning director and playwright Ari Roth. In Yiddish, “verklempt” can mean “choked with emotion.” These are love stories where love is a bitter pill, a joke, a missed chance at happiness, a secret, a ghost, or a longing to be with a person one cannot even remember. Sichrovsky writes without embellishment, spare outlines of characters that feel familiar, and infuses them with dark humor and tragedy in equal force. Continue reading
Escape Home has received a Book Award Honorable Mention at the International Skiing History Association’s 22nd Annual Skiing History Week, held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado – April 8-12, 2015. Though not primarily about skiing, Charles Paterson’s memoir has been enthusiastically received by members of the ISHA Book Award committee. Paterson, one of the first members of … Continue reading
“Escape Home is the memoir of Charles Paterson (born Karl Schanzer), Aspen architectural designer and owner of the famous Boomerang Lodge…. Even the book’s considerable length is barely able to cover the astonishing life of its author….” Continue reading
Book Review for Paul T. Frankl Autobiography Read This Article “This is a page turner! Anyone who has read Christopher Long’s essential book Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design (Yale, 2007) may ask, why this one? Just wait until you have an opportunity to read this easy flowing account, which captured this leading Modernist in … Continue reading
The Exile Library at the Literaturhaus in Vienna welcomed DoppelHouse Press authors Charles Paterson and Carrie Paterson on June 4 to give a book presentation. Thanks to Ursula Seeber for organizing this heartwarming event, which was also a chance for many friends and relatives of the Patersons to meet each other. We are grateful Philipp Heinz caught these moments on camera for all of us. Continue reading
“What is the measure of a life well lived?” asks Karina Wetherbee of the Summit Daily in an April 5 book review of Escape Home: Rebuilding a Life After the Anschluss. “Rare is the person who does not look back on a lifetime with some sense of marvel… Some people live lives so large they seem to pack many existences into their brief time on this planet. Longtime Aspen resident Charles Paterson is one such person.” Continue reading
Earlier this year, our latest title Paul T. Frankl | Autobiography was selected as one of the five most beautiful books designed in Austria in 2013! (Die Schoensten Buecher Oesterreichs 2013)
We would like to take a moment to thank and congratulated our talented designer Peter Duniecki for his exceptional work on this compelling and beautiful book. Continue reading
Last month, we were pleased to host Christopher Long, design scholar and editor Paul T. Frankl | Autobiography, and Paulette Frankl, the daughter of Paul Frankl, at a series of book events in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
We would like to take a moment and thank Steven Keylon and Katie Horak at DOCOMOMO for hosting a wonderfully intimate event with Christopher Long and Paulette Frankl at the historic Village Green in Baldwin Hills. Continue reading
We are happy to find Charles Paterson’s fruitful life and career included on the new Aspen Modern website. He can be found on the second row under the architects tab among such notable company as Herbert Bayer, Fritz Benedict, and Buckminster Fuller. A short video history of the Wrightian-Organic movement in Aspen also mentions Paterson’s … Continue reading
We are so excited to be hosting Christopher Long, the editor of Paul T. Frankl | Autobiography and Paulette Frankl, Paul T. Frankl’s daughter on March 3 through 8, 2014.
We have several wonderful lecture and book signing events planned during which art, architecture, and design enthusiasts will have a chance to meet Christopher Long and Paulette Frankl, ask questions, and purchase signed copies of this award winning new book.
Paul T. Frankl | Autobiography is the never-before published memoir of one of the pioneers of American modernism. You can learn more about this title and read reviews by visiting THIS PAGE. Continue reading
The Gap describes itself as “the most important magazine for pop culture and music in Austria.” It is no wonder that we were excited to find a review on this influential site about our latest title, Paul T. Frankl | Autobiography. Continue reading
We are excited to announce that our latest title, Paul T. Frankl | Autobiography, was reviewed in the December 2013 issue of Architektur Aktuell. Read our translation of the German article below or download this article in its original German. Continue reading
If you missed Charles Paterson and Carrie Paterson at the Santa Monica Library on July 21, 2013, you can now view the entire lecture here or on our YouTube page.
Organized by: Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter. Video editing: Dino Dumandan Continue reading
Paul T. Frankl — A Viennese Designer in New York and Los Angeles” exhibition opening night.
October 4, 2013 at the Kiesler Stiftung in Vienna. Christopher Long speaks about Frankl’s autobiography and the Frankl retrospective exhibition he co-curated with Laura McGuire on view until February 1, 2014. Paul T. Frankl is scarcely known in Austria – the exhibition aims to recall him and his oeuvre into the cultural memory of his home city. Continue reading
Escape Home – Rebuilding a Life after the Anschluss
written by Charlie Paterson and Carrie Paterson
The Hotel Jerome
Thursday, August 8, 2013
5pm – 6:30pm
Basalt Regional Library
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
5:30pm – 7:00pm Continue reading
Escape Home — Rebuilding a Life after the Anschluss
By Charles Paterson and Carrie Paterson
Santa Monica Public Library
Sunday, July 21, 2013
2pm – 3:30pm Continue reading
Vienna’s Shooting Girls: Jewish Women Photographers in Vienna
Oct. 23, 2012 – March 3, 2013.
Works by Claire Beck Loos, Madame d’Ora, Trude Fleischmann, Edith Tudor Hart, and Hilde Zipper-Strnad, among others. Curated by Iris Meder and Andrea Winklbauer. Continue reading
Charles Paterson interview and Schanzer Family archives included in Wien Museum architecture exhibition:
Sept. 6, 2012 – Jan 13, 2013.
Curated by Eva-Maria Orosz and Andreas Nierhaus. Continue reading